Skip to Content
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 directed the Small Business Administration (SBA) to create a Governmentwide certification program for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. Effective January 1, 2023, SBA assumed responsibility for certifying Veteran-Owned small firms. If you have questions, please contact SBA at You can also call 800-862-8088, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST to speak to an SBA representative about the Veteran certification program or visit Veteran Small Business Certification.(

An official website of the United States Government | Here's how you know

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.
The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you're connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and sent securely.

Event Detail

IBM Consulting Virtual Business Opportunity Session


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
 Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
 Direct Access Program (DAP)
 IBM Consulting
 Supply Chain Modernization Virtual Business Engagement

Virtual Business Opportunity Session


Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Virtual Format: Powered by Cisco Webex

Presentation: FINAL - IBM DAP SBE 9 MARCH_.pdf
Session Recording Link:

Recording Link Password: Km8f4zn*
IBM Consulting Virtual Business Opportunity Session 

IBM Consulting, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Direct Access Program, will host a virtual business opportunity session. 

Community of Interest


The goals of this virtual session are to:

  • Learn more about IBM Consulting
  • Gain key insight into what is required to be a subcontractor for IBM Consulting
  • Assist IBM Consulting to identify small business partners for Department of Veterans Affairs procurement opportunities


Company Opportunities

IBM Consulting seeks to establish relationships with small businesses with a proven track record in Federal project subcontracting related to the business sectors, NAICS, capabilities, and socioeconomic designations outlined below.


Business Sectors

IBM Consulting seeks small business partners who serve the following sectors:

  • Supply Chain Modernization
  • Cloud Management
  • Learning and Knowledge Management
  • Data Processing and Hosting


Applicable NAICS

IBM Consulting seeks partners that specialize in operations related to the following NAICS: 

 541611          Administrative, Management, and General Management Consulting Services
 541614          Logistics and Integrated Supply Chain Management Consulting Services
 541612          Computer Systems Design Services
 518210          Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services


The following company capabilities are of interest to IBM Consulting:

  • IT systems analysis with VA experience
  • Business analysis, project coordination, scheduling, and expertise in VA supply chain domains
  • Cloud and systems administration expertise with VA experience
  • Testing and training with systems experience, preferably with VA
  • Asset tracking system support at the VISN (Veterans Integrated Services Networks) level

Desired Federal Socioeconomic Classifications

IBM Consulting encourages companies with the following federal socioeconomic classifications to participate in this opportunity.

  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
  • Veteran- Owned Small Business (VOSB)
  • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • HUBZone Small Business (HUBZone)
  • 8(a)
  • Minority-Owned
  • Small Business (SB)


About IBM

IBM is a global services and technology leader and has a long-standing partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) across innovation, technology, acquisition, and business domains. IBM aligns with the VA’s ‘Digital Transformation’ vision to deliver an intelligent, responsive, and agile supply chain. IBM has a unique ability to solve our clients’ most pressing business problems, bringing together all the necessary professional services, platforms, hardware, and software regardless of whether those capabilities come from IBM or our ecosystem partners.


IBM is committed to deploying a comprehensive set of innovative capabilities across cognitive, shared services, learning management, logistics services, and cloud transformation. These capabilities will assist the VA in its most noble mission to those who served in the Defense of our nation.

With our ecosystem partners, we want to work together, create together, grow together and rethink what’s possible together. LET’S CREATE!



For more information, please contact the Direct Access Program Planning Support Team at or 202 461 4694.


Contact Us

Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (eastern)
Please note: Content on this Web page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal advice or to be a comprehensive statement or analysis of application statures, regulations, and case law governing this topic. Rather, it's a plain language summary. If you are seeking claims assistance, your local VA regional office, a VA-recognized Veterans Service Organization, or a VA-accredited attorney or agent can help.